December 22, 2009
Hey, even a machine needed some downtime, and I ain’t no machine yo! ;)
After 10-15 minutes, the waitress took our order and we finally got our table (yes, order first, seat later lol)
I ordered this tonkatsu with cheese set. Each set came with rice, miso soup, and sliced cabbage (all free refill).
I believe we’re supposed to crush the sesame seeds before mixing it with tonkatsu sauce, but we also sprinkled some of it top of the cabbage (smell so good!), before adding some dressing (2 choices: sesame or shoyu). Yummmmm~
We also got a scoop of green tea ice cream as a dessert for each set. For the price, I think it’s a pretty good deal. No wonder so many people were waiting in line outside!
After lunch, we walked around the mall for awhile before heading home around 4pm.
That night, my cousin and I went to Suan Lum Night Bazaar, an all-in-one kind of market where you could find a wide range of products from clothing and jewelry to gifts and hand-made products to food and medicine and the list could go on and on and on… The place was less than a mile away from my house so we decided to walk (exercise!), since evening Bangkok traffic would surely take us at least half an hour to get there. LOL
I got one cute giant scarf that looked somewhat like a tablecloth (but it’s cute! LOL), my cousin got a dress, before we headed back home.
December 23, 2009
Wednesday. (so? lol)
late PM: Went out to meet my aunt and her friend at BTS Skytrain – National Stadium station, took a cab to the Democracy Monument area, then walked over to Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Office building, where the front courtyard/plaza got turned into a retro fair, bringing back good old memories of Bangkok.
Sao Ching Cha (The Giant Swing) – One of Bangkok historic landmarks
Rattanakosin is the name of the 4th (and current) kingdom of Thailand (Siam, back in that time), founded by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (King Rama I) of the Chakri Dynasty, with Bangkok as a capital city in 1782.
Bangkok was also given a new official name at that time which happened to be the longest city name on earth;
Krungthep mahanakorn amornratanakosin mahintara yutthaya mahadilok phop nopparat rajathani burirom udomrajaniwes mahasatharn amornphimarn avatarnsathit sakkattiya visanu kamprasit.
Kinda long, huh? Totally can’t fit it in one twitter message~ LOL And believe me, it does have a long nice meaning.
For Thai people, we now call our capital city “Krungthep mahanakorn” or “Krungthep” (city of angels) for short, while the rest of the world still recognized it as Bangkok.
Here’s a clip of Asanee & Wasan’s Krungthep Mahanakorn. Oh yeah, they did release a song, singing only the full name of Bangkok repeatedly! ROFL
We walked over to Wat Suthat Thepwararam Ratchaworamahawiharn (in short, Wat (temple) Suthat) which was also founded by King Rama I as a central temple.
Walking back to the fair, there’s a lot of booths, selling food, toys, clothing, etc, from the past. I think the concept of the event was to to look back into our history. And food was a huge thing for Thai people. LOL ok, I’m kidding~
One trivia about Thailand. We sing our national anthem (ROFL! I typed A DAILY ANTHEM at first! Fangirl brain, control yourself! XD) twice a day at 8:00am and 6:00pm. TVs, radio stations, schools, and government offices play the song every day. It’s not that you must drop everything to sing, or stop driving or something, but when possible, we stand up to show respect to our nation.
Cool eh? :) Afterward, we went to Krua Apsorn for dinner. Extremely delicious!
(from top left, clockwise) Crab meat with green bean and yellow chili, super spicy but soooo yummy // Deep-fried fish with garlic fish sauce (OMG drooling) // Chinese broccoli with crispy pork // Homemade coconut ice cream with young coconut meat ♥ amazing~
Full tummy, going home, bed time!
December 24, 2009
My best friend from school took a day off to come hang out with me today~ ♥
We went out to meet another friend for lunch. And apparently we’re getting older! LOL
Yumminess from top left, clockwise: Stir-fried noodle with pork gravy // Thai BBQ chicken // Larb pork // Papaya salad~
Later, I went shopping with my friend, had a quick dinner (so quick I forgot to take pictures~ LOL) before going home.
I started to realize that I was totally spoiled by high speed internet in the US! Don’t get me wrong, internet in Thailand was fast, our wireless router worked just fine, but it’s not as fast as in the US for some reasons. So it annoyed me great deal when I couldn’t watch a youtube clip without buffering!
It’s worth being back home though :)